Very sneaky of Batton Thomas today, trying to distract me from this awards show with a massive word zeppelin chock full names; tempting me with a whole list of googleable rabbit holes that I would have loved to dart down in other circumstances. I’ll give Tom this, the comics and artists he admires are usually worthy of respect. Maybe they haven’t earned a sacred tabernacle at the high altar in the temple of Rexall Drug, but I took a quick look at some of these artists and titles and saw art and story-telling leaps and bounds beyond the Funkyverse. Stuff capable of eliciting more than boredom, bafflement anger, and disgust.
No one in the Funkyverse elicits more anger and disgust from the Beady Eyed Nitpickers of this blog than Les Moore. It doesn’t matter what he’s doing, or what emotion he’s expressing, the pervasive undercurrent of unwarranted melancholic superiority that infuses everything he does truly gives him a face in need of a slap.
But which faces needed slapping the most? Your nominees for
The Backpfeifengesicht Award for Most Punchable Les Moore
1.) Remembering Old Friends (For the First Time in Years)
2.) A Single “Manly” Tear
3.) No True Sports-Fan Fallacy
4.) Self-Centered Stage
5.) Deadly Pundemic
6.) The Smile on My Face
7.) Interacting With Fans
And the winner of The Most Punchable Les Moore of 2021.
NO TRUE SPORTS-FAN FALLACY
This was an incredibly close and divided race, with no one face getting even a quarter of the votes. It seemed nearly every Les Moore face triggered a strong response. Les is a character complex in his awfulness, and every awful thing about him is the worst thing to someone. He’s designed so that, no matter your pet-peeve, this man will infuriate.
Not all categories were so evenly split in the voting. For some, the winner knocked the competition right out of the water, as was the case in our next award.
Most Puzzling Continuity Questions of 2021
1.) Who Directs the Community Band?
2.) What is Rachel’s Major?
3.) Who Did the Dinkles Have for Thanksgiving?
4.) Are the Reindeer Broken or is Tony Dead?
5.) Was Phil Holt Really a Ghost?
6.) Where Are the Kids? Who Are the Kids?
7.) What Even Is Continuity?
And the winner, by the widest margin of the voting this year, of the Most Puzzling Continuity Question of 2021:
WAS PHIL HOLT REALLY A GHOST?
Yes, while some of you did wonder about the breakdown of the Crankshaft/Winkerbean time differential, and others of you pondered the whereabouts of missing and mis-named children, it was the metaphysical question on the nature of death that was on most voters’ minds.
Join us tomorrow, as we look back on the stories of last year, and find out which narrative arc stood out as, arc of the year.
I realized I didn’t put up the graphs for yesterday’s awards, and thought some of you might be interested.